How to paint a Bengal Tiger in oils

How to paint a Bengal Tiger in oils

There are few animals as iconic or as popular as the Bengal tiger. With their vibrant orange and black stripes, they are one of the most easily recognizable animals in the world. For centuries, they have been revered and feared in equal measure, and their status as one of the most apex predators on the planet means they are often seen as a symbol of power and strength.

Despite their popularity, there are still many people who have never seen a Bengal tiger in the wild. For those who want to see these magnificent creatures up close, the best way to do so is through a painting. Here, we will show you how to paint a Bengal tiger in oils, step by step.

1. Choose your canvas. Bengal tigers are large animals, so you will need a canvas that is at least 24”x36” in order to do them justice.

2. Sketch out your tiger. Use a light pencil to sketch out the basic shape of the tiger. You can find reference images online or in books to help you with this.

3. Paint the background. Once you have the basic shape of the tiger sketched out, you can start painting the background. For a jungle setting, use greens and Browns. For a more open setting, like a grassland, use lighter colors.

4. Paint the tiger. Start with the orange stripes, then fill in the black. You can add white highlights to the fur if you want to add realism.

5. Add finishing touches. Once the basic colors are in place, you can start adding details like the tiger’s eyes, nose, and mouth. You can also add trees, bushes, and other animals in the background to complete the scene.

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